LAHORE: Supreme Court Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has said unfortunately we could not build Pakistan in accordance with the vision of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam as mismanagement and corruption had led the country on the verge of collapse.
The chief justice said no saviour would come from the heaven to steer the country out of crises. “It is time for unity,” he said. “We should not be afraid of accountability and try our best to maintain the supremacy of law.”
The chief justice said many states which got independence after Pakistan developed due to better planning but we were still very far from the real destination. He said Pakistanis if united could become the world’s best nation within a decade.
He expressed these views while addressing a dinner-reception jointly hosted by the Pakistan Bar Council and Lahore High Court Bar Association in his honour at the lawns of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday. The chief justice said a common citizen does not like to follow even a traffic signal and feels humiliation while waiting at the red light.
Almighty Allah has bestowed the country with huge resources. “We as individuals do not fulfill our responsibilities and always try to find ways of plundering,” he added. The chief justice said unfortunately poverty, illiteracy, increasing population and lawlessness are the burning issues of the country. People do not pay taxes and utility bills, he further added.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan and all the judges of the LHC, law officers, office-bearers of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association were present on the occasion.
He said it was time to take steps to resolve the problems of the country as the Constitution not only bounds us to safeguard the rights but to discharge our duties to build ourselves as one nation. “We are not here to destroy the system; we are here to make it stronger,” the chief justice said. He expressed his happiness on delivering the speech in the city of Data Gunj Bakhsh.